Friday, January 15, 2016

New York State of Mind

I didn’t watch the GOP debate last night — I don’t even know where Fox Business channel is on the cable system here — but the news I’m hearing is that in defending “New York values,” Donald Trump came out looking like the compassionate one as compared to Ted Cruz.

Bartiromo asks Cruz about Cruz’s dig at Trump for having “New York values”. What did he mean by that?

“I think most people know exactly what New York values are,” Cruz says. And then to Bartiromo:

You’re from New York, so you might not. …Everyone understands that the values of New York City are socially liberal, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, centered on money.

Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I’m just sayin.’

Trump replies: “Conservatives actually do come out of Manhattan, including William F Buckley and others… New York is a great place, it’s got great people, it’s got loving people,” Trump says.

Then he plays the 9/11 card:

When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely.

Even the smell of death, it was with us for months. And we rebuilt. … That was a very insulting statement that Ted made.

Mr. Cruz is playing to the base that thinks New York is the bastion of liberal elites, not to mention “others” such as, well, you know, “those people.”  And it took Donald Trump of all people to tell him that New York is everybody and make him, Mr. Trump, look good in comparison to the junior senator from Texas.

Charlie Pierce:

This is what happens when you dedicate your entire political career to alienating anyone who can do you any good. You wind up in a death struggle with a vulgar talking yam and nobody has your back. In fact, more than a few people who might’ve helped you out, had you not been a dickhead big enough to have been carved by a Borglum, actually start whispering that, hey, you know that vulgar talking yam has a point here.

Welcome to NFL football, Tailgunner Ted Cruz.

It has not been a good week for the Tailgunner, poll numbers in Iowa notwithstanding. I agree with Steve M. that the revelation that his first Senate campaign was an upset financed largely with help from Goldman Sachs, where his wife is in upper management, is not likely to hurt him with the base voters. I would go further and say that it’s not going to hurt him in the general election, either, except in the unlikely event that he’s running against Bernie Sanders. Call me cynical, but I don’t see Hillary Rodham Clinton attacking anyone for their closeness to Wall Street without half the country dissolving in what my mother used to call HIGH-sterics. Still, having your lift-off bankrolled by the Great Vampire Squid does lend a kind of distinctly non-populist stench to the enterprise.

Reading Frank Bruni’s wrap-up, I’m glad I didn’t watch.  It sounded like just another GOP round of schoolyard bullying.  Who needs that?

2 barks and woofs on “New York State of Mind

  1. My general opinion of Trump is that he’s a dangerous buffoon. But I thought his reply to Cruz was great. I’m sure Cruz’s dig at NY plays well to a lot of the Republican base, but I’m so effin tired of the insinuation that big cities, and New York in particular, are not “really” American. New York is where millions of immigrants have become Americans; that’s why that big statue is in the harbor.

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